Change of Prescribing for Over the Counter Medicines

From 31 May 2018, a range of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets will no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.

These are medicines associated with a number of minor, short term health conditions, which either get better by themselves or you can easily treat yourself.

The change applies to medicines for a total of 35 conditions. This includes, for example, medicines for coughs, colds, infrequent cold sores of the lip, mild to moderate hayfever, mild cystitis, nappy rash, warts and verrucas, earwax and head lice.

It also applies to a range of vitamins and minerals, unless from medical tests it is clear that the person does not have sufficient natural levels.

For the full list, please see:
www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/otc

Further Information

Change of Prescribing for Over the Counter Medicines Leaflet